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Keywords:

  • Adolescence;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • school;
  • violence;
  • case report

Background:  In November 2007, a student shot and killed eight people and himself at Jokela High School, Finland.

Method:  Availability and experiences of psychosocial support were investigated using data (N=231) collected with a questionnaire 4 months after the event.

Results:  Female gender, severity of trauma, psychiatric disturbance and post-traumatic distress were associated with receiving psychosocial support. Over half of the students with a high level of trauma-related symptoms reported immediate support as having been helpful. Additionally, support from family and friends was available to a majority of students.

Conclusions:  The factors associated with not receiving support or not feeling helped should be studied further for possible implications on crisis interventions.